Saturday, 16 December 2017

Less is More Week #359

Good morning, crafters

Well, apart from a couple of family cards, I've finished, written and posted all my Christmas cards.  It seemed to take forever this year but I got there in the end!

I was a few cards short but the new challenge just starting at Less is More helped me to my target.  This week's Theme challenge is...

Happy Little Stampers continues to be our fab sponsor for this month so don't forget that by playing along you'll be in with a chance of winning our monthly prize.

Michelle Wallace, our winner for October is joining us at a Guest Designer today so please do pop over to her blog and show her some love.

As I mentioned, I have two cards for you this week, and here's the first thanks to a stamp set that came free with a recent publication...

This cute penguin and sentiment were from the free stamp set.  I stamped the jumper first then masked it and stamped the penguin.  They were stamped in black ink and I coloured the image with ProMarkers.  I die cut around these using a stitched die and popped it up onto the card base on fun foam.  Super easy.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Hunkydory - Winter Warmers (free with Creative Stamping magazine)
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Stitched Rectangle Stax
  • Coloured with ProMarkers

Challenge entry:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #275 - Make Your Mark

And a completely different feel for my second card...

On a panel of white cardstock I stamped the Dove in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in pearlescent powder.  I then created some ombre blending with Distress Inks.  I spritzed water through a snowflake stencil and blotted some colour away before then stamping the sentiment.  The panel was then adhered flat to the card base.  The opal embossing can be seen more clearly in the next photo...

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Paired Up, Peace on Earth II
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar; Versa Color - Sky Blue
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - White Opal
  • Stencil: Memory Box - Tiny Snowflakes

Challenge entry:

Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (Optional: Stencil)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I still have lots more cards to share with you so now that I've finished writing and sending I should find more time to share these with you very soon.  Have a lovely weekend enjoying the Christmas countdown :)


  1. Look at you with 2 FAB cards to share on this busy week! Love the bold and super cute image on the first one. A wonderful freebie there you've bagged! In total contrast the elegance and serene little scene of the second one is just awesome! Beautiful seamless blending and the perfect use of stamps and sentiments. Have a buble-special week! Hugs xx

  2. Two amazing cards! I love the bold, traditional Christmas colors in your first card and the simple layout looks wonderful. Your second card is super sophisticated and elegant, I love the soft blend of colors and the gorgeous dove. Great idea to spritz water through a stencil! I'l have to try that!

  3. Wow! What a way to showcase two completely different styles Anita! Bold, bright & beautiful on the first card, then delicate, peaceful & enchanting on the second. Hat's off to you! They are two real corkers xx

  4. Two fabulous cards although very different ! Love the fun and cute image of the first card with these typical Christmas colours on its cosy jumper ! And what an elegant second card with this beautiful shimmery dove over your amazing soft blended background ! Splendid ! Have a great Sunday and a fabulous week ! Hugs xx

  5. A duo of fabulous makes, Anita. Your penguin card is bold and adorable. Your second is a stark contrast — so soft and elegant. Great job! Have a wonderful week, xx

  6. Two very different but equally beautiful cards. Terrific inspiration!

  7. Sorry for the late visit. Gorgeous cards ...... love the beautiful delicate look to the second one. Thank you for playing along with the HLS Christmas Challenge xx


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